Skip to comments.Second Royal Tomb Discovered at Waka' (Site Q)
Posted on 05/01/2006 11:10:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A major royal tomb has been unearthed beneath the principal pyramid in the western center of Waka'. The discovery was made by Dr. Héctor Escobedo of Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, co-director of the Waka' Project, and his student, Juan Carlos Melendez. This marks the second royal tomb discovered at Waka'. In the spring of 2004, SMU archaeologist David Freidel and his students discovered a queen's tomb more than 1,200 years old and dating to the Late Classic period of Maya civilization.
The new tomb was discovered in a different pyramid and dates to the Early Classic period between the second and fourth centuries A.D. "We are trying to identify the remains, which appear to be in good condition despite the collapse of the tomb's roof," said Freidel. "This may be the resting place of either the dynasty founder, a man we do not have a history for, or K'inich B'alam the First, the Maya king who allied with Siyaj Ka'k', conqueror of Tikal in A.D. 378."
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